Modern Times Group (MTG) has expanded its Viaplay online pay-TV service, hitherto available only in the Nordic region, to Russia.
Take-up of Viasat’s satellite value-added services in the Nordics grew strongly in 2011, though the total number of premium subscribers remained almost unchanged.
Modern Times Group (MTG) intends to keep TV3 and LNT as separate stations if the Latvian Competition Council (CC) grants it permission to take over the latter.
Modern Times Group (MTG) is to buy 100% of the Latvian free-TV broadcaster LNT for an undisclosed fee.
Modern Times Group’s realignment of its interests in Central & East Europe will cost the company around SEK3,191 million (€357.8 million). The company plans to close TV3 Slovenia in the next few months, though it is also building its presence in Bulgaria.
MTG is dropping the 20-year old TV1000 brand in favour of Viasat Film. On March 1, 2012, Viasat will also launch four new Viasat Film premium HD movie channels in Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Finland, bringing the number of thematic movie channels it broadcasts in the region to 11.
Modern Times Group (MTG) has prolonged its exclusive live Baltic broadcasting rights to the IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship until 2017.
Viasat Broadcasting has signed a five-year exclusive agreement with the Russian commercial broadcaster CTC Media to distribute the international version of the CTC channel in the Baltic territories.
MTG has reorganised its management and operating structure, appointing Jørgen Madsen as executive VP of Nordic Broadcasting and Andres Nilsson as executive VP of Central European Broadcasting.
Modern Times Group’s pay and free-TV businesses reported a mixed quarter to say the least with Scandinavian and CEE markets displaying both growth and decline.